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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Robert's Rules

Book Description

The whens, hows and whys of keeping order.

Robert's Rules have long been the ultimate guide for running meetings and outlining procedures. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Robert's Rules, Second Edition, teaches readers everything from the ladder of motions to how to use Robert's Rules for any size or type of meeting or political caucus.

*This book includes sample minutes, a sample agenda, and scripts for every type of meeting situation

*Includes a complete reproduction of Sylvester's "Basics of Parliamentary Procedure," a handy guide based on Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, as an appendix

*Gives readers a practical one-stop shop in the category-they can buy one book and get a copy of the rules and a book on how to use them

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Foreword
  5. Introduction
  6. Part 1 - What’s Parliamentary Procedure All About?
    1. Chapter 1 - Robert’s Rules 101
      1. So What Is Parliamentary Procedure?
      2. Other Parliamentary Authorities
      3. Robert’s Revisions
      4. Everybody Loves Robert’s
    2. Chapter 2 - What Robert’s Rules Can Do for You and Your Meeting
      1. How Robert’s Helps You Manage Your Meeting
      2. There Must Be a Quorum
      3. Types of Meetings
      4. Level of Robert’s to Use
    3. Chapter 3 - Who’s Who?
      1. The President: Facilitator, Not Dictator
      2. The President-Elect: Lady/Gentleman in Waiting
      3. The Vice President: Second, Third, or Fourth in Command
      4. When the Veep Fills In for the President
      5. The Secretary: More Than Minutes
      6. The Treasurer: The Buck Stops Here
      7. The Executive Director: Working Behind the Scenes
      8. There Are Professional Parliamentarians!?!
    4. Chapter 4 - The Law’s the Law
      1. The Hierarchy of Governing Documents
      2. Federal Laws and State Statutes
      3. Governing Documents of the Parent Organization
      4. Articles of Incorporation
      5. Constitution
      6. Bylaws
      7. More Rules!
  7. Part 2 - Let’s Get Moving: The Motion-Making Process
    1. Chapter 5 - Getting Into the Motion
      1. Kinds of Motions
      2. It’s Time to Get in Motion!
      3. Step 1: Making a Motion
      4. Step 2: Seconding the Motion
      5. Step 3: The Chair States the Motion
      6. Ownership of the Motion
    2. Chapter 6 - Getting Out of the Motion
      1. Step 4: Members Debate the Motion
      2. Talk, Talk, Talk: Debate
      3. Step 5: Putting the Motion to a Vote
      4. Step 6: Complete Announcement
    3. Chapter 7 - The Ladder of Motions: a.k.a. Precedence of Motions
      1. The Concept of Precedence
      2. The Vote and the Ladder
      3. How to Apply It
      4. Proceed with Caution
    4. Chapter 8 - Let’s Talk About It: Debate
      1. Rules of Debate
      2. Limits on the Chair
      3. You Can’t Debate Everything!
      4. Speaking Order
      5. Speaking Time
      6. Debate Manners
      7. Debate Effectively!
    5. Chapter 9 - Voting: The Democratic Way
      1. Methods of Voting
      2. Electronic Voting via Wireless Keypads
      3. Absentee and Proxy Voting
      4. Meaning of Vote
      5. The Chair’s Vote
  8. Part 3 - Motions for (Almost) Any Occasion
    1. Chapter 10 - Main Motions
      1. The Bottom Rung: Main Motions
      2. It’s All About Relationships: Main and Secondary Motions
      3. Resolution vs. Motion
      4. Giving Notice of Motions
      5. Summary of the Rules for a Main Motion
    2. Chapter 11 - Privileged Motions
      1. The Five Privileged Motions
      2. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
      3. Adjourn
      4. Recess
      5. Questions of Privilege
      6. Call for the Orders of the Day
    3. Chapter 12 - Subsidiary Motions
      1. The Seven Subsidiary Motions
      2. Lay on the Table
      3. Previous Question
      4. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
      5. Postpone to a Certain Time (Postpone Definitely)
      6. Commitor Refer
      7. Amend
      8. Postpone Indefinitely
    4. Chapter 13 - Incidental Motions
      1. Six Incidental Motions
      2. Point of Order
      3. Appeal from the Decision of the Chair (Appeal)
      4. Objection to the Consideration of a Question
      5. Suspend the Rules
      6. Division Motions
      7. Requests and Inquiries
    5. Chapter 14 - The “Bring Back” Motions
      1. Four “Bring Back” Motions
      2. Rescind
      3. Amend Something Previously Adopted
      4. Take from the Table
      5. Reconsider
  9. Part 4 - Let’s Get to Order
    1. Chapter 15 - On the Agenda
      1. The Order of Business
      2. Approval of Minutes
      3. Reports
      4. Special Orders
      5. That Business Is Unfinished, Not Old
      6. New Business
      7. Taking Business Out of Order
      8. Consent Agenda
      9. Tips on Agenda Preparation
    2. Chapter 16 - Presiding Secrets
      1. Presiding Qualities
      2. Presiding Skills
      3. Presiding Techniques
      4. Preparing and Using Scripts
      5. How to Script
    3. Chapter 17 - Cast Your Ballot! Nominations and Elections
      1. Don’t Jump in Without Reading Your Organization’s Rules!
      2. Who Nominates and How Do You Do It?
      3. Nominating Committee
      4. Nominations from the Floor
      5. It’s Election Time!
  10. Part 5 - Officers, Committees, and Meetings
    1. Chapter 18 - Just a Minutes
      1. What to Put in the Minutes (and What to Leave Out)
      2. Getting the Minutes Approved
      3. Make a Minutes Template
      4. Skeletal Minutes
      5. Minutes Approval Committee
      6. Shhh! Minutes of Executive Session
    2. Chapter 19 - Committees in Action
      1. What a Committee Is Supposedto Be
      2. Kinds of Committees
      3. How a Committee Works
      4. Subcommittees: Committees Within Committees
      5. Committee Procedure Manual
      6. Committee Pitfalls
      7. Discharging a Committee
    3. Chapter 20 - Officers’ and Committee Reports
      1. Officers’ Reports
      2. Treasurer’s Report
      3. Committee Reports
    4. Chapter 21 - Making the Most of Conventions
      1. It’s Convention Time!
      2. Convention FAQs
      3. Convention Committees
      4. Little Things That Make a Big Difference at a Convention
    5. Chapter 22 - Electronic Meetings
      1. Why E-Meetings?
      2. Same Time, Different Place vs. Different Time, Different Place
      3. You Need an Okay from the Bylaws
      4. E-Meeting Venues
      5. E-Meeting Techniques
      6. E-Meeting Rules
      7. Let’s Ease Into This E-Mail Group Meeting Thing!
  11. Appendix A - Glossary
  12. Appendix B - Basic Information on Motions
  13. Appendix C - What Do I Say? Scripts for the Chair and Members
    1. Main Motion Script
    2. Board Meeting Agenda and Script
  14. Appendix D - What Do I Record? More Guidance on Minutes and Forms
    1. What to Put in the Minutes (and What to Leave Out)
    2. Sample Board Meeting Minutes
    3. What Do Those Skeletal Minutes Look Like?
    4. More Samples Please!
    5. How to Record That Heavily Amended Motion
    6. Minutes as an Attendance Tracking Device
    7. Format for Tellers’ Report
    8. Form for Tracking Motions in the Meeting and for the Minutes
  15. Index